Mothers, Wives, Sisters and Daughters are Dying From Prescription Drug Overdoses

CDC reports the death rate from prescription drugs has increased among middle-aged women.
2:24 | 07/02/13

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And we have another headline about american health tonight and pills and painkillers. A hidden epidemic striking our neighbors and families. A new alert tonight from the cdc says the number of women dying from overdoses in america is sky More women die from overdoses on all drugs than die from car accidents. And a new member of our abc news team investigative reporter spent the day asking why. Reporter: Negin nourmohammadi started with just two pain pills a day -- relief from the chronic pain of crohn's disease. Within months, she was up to 70 to 80 pills a day. It kind of spun out of control without me realizing it Reporter: Today that new government report revealed a woman is admitted to the er for a prescription pill overdo every three minutes. What's more, the number of women dying from prescription pill overdoses jumped 400% between 1999 and 2010. Across the country women called in to share their struggles with addiction. I was very good at hiding it for a long time. I was very manipulative. It consumed my entire life, my whole day. My days were not normal unless I took my medication. How could I be addicted? Wrur prescriptioning this stuff to me. Reporter: Doctors tell us women are more likely to suffer from painful conditions like fibromyalgia and migraines. Why are women more likely than men to become addicted? Women are prescribed pain medications more commonly than men and the dose is larger for women who are smaller in size. Reporter: Women are more likely to consult doctors for pain and the cdc says are more likely to go doctor shopping, getting prescriptions from multiple providers. This woman told us she saw her primary doctor and four others on the side. One doctor was like 90 years old and he was writing me a prescription a week and he didn't even realize it. This is strategicering news. What are we supposed to do with it? What can you done? Doctors we talked to say that women need to make sure that don't stock pile medicine, that they don't keep pills lying around just in case. They also need to make sure that every doctor that they have is aware of every pill that they're talking so they don't accidently become addicted. Maybe start talking about it more with each other. Welcome to abc news. It's great to have you here.

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